All About Eyelid Itching

Irritating and bothersome, eyelid itching is hard to ignore.  However, the best way to treat this annoying condition is to keep your hands away from your eyes, and there are some specific steps to take toward this goal to regaining healthy eyes within a few days.

Women and children are particularly susceptible to problems with the eyelids.  Children are curious creatures, and generally must touch everything they see.  Their little hands encounter many germy situations that must be explored, and infrequent hand washing can help the bacteria travel up to the face and through rubbing, into the eyes.  For many women, sharing eye makeup or neglecting to remove eye makeup at night can create some very itchy issues with the eyelids.  While problems with the eyelids do not exclude men, they are less likely to be afflicted with some of the disorders that can affect the thin skin covering out eyes.

A common symptom of many of the problems that affect the eyelids is itching.  Sometimes it can be a subconscious action to reach up and rub the eyes, but especially when there is a disorder at the root of the itchiness, it is best to keep the hands away from the eyes.  When bacterium such as staphylococcus aureus or a virus like herpes zoster is the culprit behind eyelid problems, rubbing the eyes can create a transportation means for the bacterium to other areas of the eye or even to other individuals.  Even when the problem is not one that can lead to a spread of the infection such as allergies, rubbing the eye will only serve to aggravate the eyelid further.  This could possibly create swelling and inflammation of the eye in addition to the itchy condition.  Irritating the eyeball by rubbing will only exacerbate an already uncomfortable situation.

Seasonal allergies afflict a large number of individuals; it is estimated that up to 50% of the population may suffer from the varied symptoms that airborne allergens create at different times of the year.  The cause could be pollen, dust, pet dander, mold and other debris, which means that allergy issues can be experienced at virtually any time of the year.  Sometimes, it is the body’s reaction to foods or insect bites that can throw the immune system into a tailspin.  Regardless of the cause of the allergy, often the symptoms suffered by the individual will be the same. Sneezing, congestion, headache, eye and eyelid itching, eye redness and coughing are common side effects of the invasion of the allergen.  Using eye drops to lubricate the eyes can help not only to flush out the allergen but also to keep the eyeball moist; thereby reducing the itchiness.

When any type of infection is present on the eyelid, itching and general irritation is likely going to be felt.  A stye on the eyelid is one such example.  When bacteria become trapped in the follicle of an eyelash, the follicle becomes inflamed and infected; causing an itchy irritation.  The same is true when a chalazion occurs; a small bump that is created when the oil glands on the eyelid become blocked.  Although the chalazion is not an infection, it will still produce the itchiness that a stye does.

A common reason for itchy eyelids in women is a condition called eyelid dermatitis.  Caused by ingredients in nail polish, eye makeup and fragrances, symptoms that are felt include flaking and itching. 

Most of these disorders can be relieved by using hydrocortisone cream along with an antihistamine.  One of the most important things to remember when afflicted with any type of itching around the eyes is to avoid rubbing, as this will only serve to aggravate the condition.  Allowing the disorders to heal naturally with no complications will have your eyes on the mend within a few days.

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